Author Archives: kenbaker

Prayer for those with Dementia

  Father of all goodness, your Son brought healing of mind and body to show that your Kingdom is here. In our hour of need, we look to you, we seek to understand your purpose, Through Joseph, the faithful and … Continue reading

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Hosts & Dinner-guests

One thing our church does superbly well, and that is eating. It comes in two halves: the grace of eating together and the grace-gift of hosting. And I believe that Jesus calls us to be guests and hosts, and to … Continue reading

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Pals: People-Gifts to the Body of Christ

This is the logo for PALS- a charity that supports children and young people who have physical disabilities. I’m using it here as a metaphor for people who support people  because they’re friends. Sort of like church. Maybe you’ve heard … Continue reading

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Personal Trainer (Part 14: Gifts to the Body of Christ)

I’ve been thinking for the last few weeks of how God uses people for specific roles within the Body of Christ. Some are midwives, some treasure-seekers and beach-combers; some linesmen, and some, quite clearly, are personal trainers. This last group … Continue reading

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Beach-Comber

Beachcombing is an activity that consists of someone “combing” (or searching) the beach and the inter-tidal zone, looking for things of value, interest or utility. Beachcombers follow the “drift lines” or “tide lines” on the beach and are interested in the (mostly … Continue reading

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Linesman

A linesman is: “an official who assists a referee (as in football, tennis, or hockey) especially in determining if a ball, puck, or player is out-of-bounds or offside.” It’s a key role and it can make all the difference between … Continue reading

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Hotelier

To me, the word “Hotelier” evokes one image above all others, and that’s the image of Fawlty Towers, pictured above. That’s an unfortunate association, because the hotelier in the famous comedy series was played by John Cleese in direct contrast … Continue reading

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